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OTRC: John Travolta's car thief ordered to pay actor $50,000 in restitution

Kelly Preston and John Travolta appear in an undated photo on the actress' official website. (KellyPreston.com / Michael Doven)

A thief who stole John Travolta's vintage 1970 Mercedes-Benz convertible in September, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail on January 25, and ordered to pay the star $50,000 in restitution, according to the Associated Press.

Travolta had parked the vehicle on a residential street in Santa Monica and visited a nearby Jaguar dealer. When he returned, his car was gone.

According to Santa Monica police, Travolta's car had been dismantled by the time it was recovered. Among the pieces found were seats, the speedometer, hubcaps and other parts.

D L Rayford Jr., 52, pleaded no contest on Jan. 5 to grand theft auto after he and Michael T. Green were arrested last month. Green has pleaded not guilty to two counts of grand theft auto.

Rayford has a previous conviction for robbery. Green, 58, has prior convictions for robbery and grand theft auto. He is due in court on Feb. 8.

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